Ah, the siren song of outdoor sports beckons.
Why rent courts or gymnasium time when you could be enjoying your favourite sport in the comfort of your own backyard?
Sports enthusiasts everywhere are learning about a new product called Duragrid Interlocking tiles (or safety tiles) that bring the best in playing surfaces to your backyard for use throughout the year.
These interlocking tiles offer patented lateral forgiveness to absorb shock, offering such a benefit that Alberta Volleyball uses these tiles for 14 of their own courts.
The University of Alberta and the University of Calgary put this tile system over the best hardwood floors money can buy, as the wood offers only vertical forgiveness, while the tiles have been independently proven, by the Orthopedic Biomechanics Institute, to reduce the strain on backs, joints and legs while reducing the incidence of injury during play.
Even sports icon Michael Jordan uses these floors for his Flight of Dreams program.
The benefits of these interlocking tiles extend far beyond their safety merits.
They can be applied to a huge range of backyard sizes, from a small half court up to a full, game court size, with an average size of 30 feet by 60 feet.
There are fully 15 different games you can play on it -- basketball, shortcourt tennis, badminton, roller hockey, volleyball -- the list goes on.
It comes in 12 colour choices, so you can design your own court, with the knowledge you'll never have to paint or stain, as the colour doesn't fade under the elements.
YOU CAN TAKE IT WITH YOU
Smaller, two-inch tiles allow for boundaries to be marked, rather than painted on, so they won't fade, either.
So simple are the tiles to use, like Lego, that they make for a quick, easy, do-it-yourself project with no glue or nails, so you can leave your surface in place permanently or you can take it up again for a portable play space to put down at the summer cottage or at a friend's place.